The commentators 01-07-14
David Cameron has often tried to project himself as a man of the people. But on the subject of grammar schools he has not succeeded. Prince Charles better understands the needs of families of modest means.
- Ross Clark, Daily Express
Most parents are in wholehearted agreement with Prince Charles. We want more grammar schools, and we want them now. The Prime Minister says voters don’t want to see children “sorted into sheep and goats at 11”. So does that mean they want donkeys at 16? It’s really not complicated. Without academic selection, Britain’s got talent, but too often it is doomed to bloom unseen.
- Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph
Britain still has some of the best teachers and educational researchers in the world. It's a resource which any intelligent education secretary would treasure. Instead Gove sneers at them, undermines them, devalues their professionalism, and saves his praise for the millionaire who graciously allows his name to appear on the school gates, and phones up in the morning to ask what the attendance figures are – but not until he has phoned round his stores and checked the previous day's sales figures.
- Francis Beckett, Guardian
Single-sex schools don’t lead to people wanting to strap explosives on their backs and to murdering the infidel. They just lead to better results and to school staff not having to make embarrassing trips to all-night chemists.
- Ross Clark, The Times
(yes, he's been busy!)
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The annual Editorial Intelligence comment awards were officially launched yesterday with the announcement of the seventy-strong panel of judges to be led by Stevie Spring, chair of Children in Need.
They include Lorraine Heggessey, Nihal Arthanayake, Karren Brady, Damian Barr, Lynne Franks, Nicky Gavron, Laura Kuenssberg, Adrian Monck and Kirsty Lang.
Anyone is invited to nominate their favourite commentators for the awards, which are divided into 16 categories. There is no charge for entry.
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May v Gove
Hatred of women
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